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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 17, 2014

Hispanic/Latino Individuals Lack Sufficient HIV Treatment

JAMA. 2014;312(23):2482. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16138

With 3 times more Hispanic or Latino individuals receiving an HIV diagnosis each year compared with non-Hispanic white individuals, greater levels of care targeted to this demographic group are needed to meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

During 2010, 80.3% of Hispanic/Latino individuals were linked to HIV care within 3 months of being diagnosed, 54.4% were retained in care, 44.4% were prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 36.9% achieved viral suppression, according to data reported from 18 states and the District of Columbia to the National HIV Surveillance System and the Medical Monitoring Project. The federal HIV/AIDS objectives are for 85% of Hispanic/Latino individuals diagnosed with HIV to be linked to care, 80% to be retained in care, and the proportion with an undetectable viral load to increase 20% by 2015.

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